Samuel Adams Rebel IPA - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.84/5 rDev +7.6%
Okay, I live outside of Boston, but I'm not a big fan of the multitude of offerings from the Sam Adams brewery. For me, their best offering was always the simple Boston Lager that put them on the beer map. I have always tried their different beers, and most times, they've had weird flavors and present off-flavors, and I never returned for more. Too many beers, and too many disappointments. There are way too many better first rate beers on the market to put up with a second rate offering from SA.
Normally for an IPA, I will navigate directly to my tried and true enjoyable favorites including Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Mayflower IPA, Lagunitas, Red Hook Long Hammer, Ipswich, Bear Republic Racer 5 or Hop Rod Rye (insert Homer Simpson drool noise here), and anything from Dogfish Head, heck even Harpoon. But am open to try any IPA of DIPA I find. So, when I saw the commercial for Rebel IPA, that was touting a West Coast style IPA, well I had to give it a go for the hell of it. Being a home brewer, and a self proclaimed "hop snob" I had to give Rebel a go and see if it lived up to the "West Coast standards".
My review went as follows:
No appearance review here, as I picked up a six and drank it straight from the bottle. There usually isn't a good head, with only light lacing and not much retention on SA beers, so I didn't even try pouring it.
The aroma was one like no other Sam Adams, as I could actually smell a good amount of hops. Citrusy up front, and but only a tiny hint of malt coming through.
The taste was like no other Sam Adams offering. There are indeed hops in there! But unfortunately up front it was grapefruit from the Cascade. But thankfully that dissipated quickly to allow the rest of the hop profile to come into play. I was so happy that I could actually taste the Amarillo coming through. No malt taste at all, but a metallic tang was indeed present.
The mouthfeel was a light medium feel, nicely carbonated, and easy to drink. Nice bitterness, with a dry finish.
Overall, I think this was huge success for Sam Adams for finally making a decent beer to rival their Boston Lager in terms of making a really enjoyable Sam Adams beer, but unfortunately a week rendition of an actual "West Coast IPA". But all in all, it's a pretty good entry level IPA in general.
We've all been "Cascaded" to death, and if a brewery is going to come out touting a great IPA, they know better than to give us the same ole thing. But for Sam Adams, heck, it was FINALLY a step up in the right direction.
04-05-2014 20:57:09 | More by TonyC
3.59/5 rDev +0.6%
12 ounce bottle -> snifter
A - clear medium gold, fluffy two finger white head, with incredible retention and lacing. A steady stream of minute bubbles can be observed rising from the bottom of the glass.
S - Very powerful aroma of citrus mainly oranges along with pine and grass and bread.
T - This is the weak point of this beer. It claims to be a west coast style IPA but to my palate it is born to be mild. When I took my first sip I could detect a definite metallic taste which was just off putting, but as the beer warmed the metallic note disappeared. Instead it was fairly hop forward with equal parts grapefruit and pine, but very weak compared to what I think a west coast IPA should be. Maybe it is supposed to be a west coast IPA for people that don't really like west coast IPAs. Turn up the hop intensity even 50% and this one is a winner.
M - clean and dry finish with good carbonation.
O - Easy to drink, but it is hardly a revolutionary beer. If you want a true west coast IPA, forget about this one and look elsewhere.
04-03-2014 02:58:14 | More by Mojo
Samuel Adams Rebel IPA from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
81 out of 100 based on 2,382 ratings.